Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Does Loneliness cause an Alzheimer's like Dementia ?

Loneliness may put people at risk of an Alzheimer's-like dementia.

"People who described themselves as lonely were twice as likely to develop dementia," says researcher Robert Wilson of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Research suggests lonely people are at greater risk of developing dementia. Seniors who scored high on the loneliness quiz agreed with three or more of the following scenarios:
  • I experience a general sense of emptiness.
  • I miss having people around.
  • I feel like I don't have enough friends.
  • I often feel abandoned.I miss having really good friends.
Source: Robert Wilson at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago